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Jesus, everything we could never be

Often Matthew 4 is portrayed as a manual on resisting temptation. This really isn't Matthew's intention. Matthew is writing a book about Jesus - not about us. In this passage the big idea is that Jesus is very different from us. It becomes plainly obvious that we cannot substitute ourselves into this story in the place of Jesus.

At his baptism we see Jesus fulfilling all righteousness - as opposed to Israel who don't. Where Israel have sinned and been sent into exile for it. In chapter 3 John has announced the end of that exile and now the King has arrived. King Jesus is unlike Israel. He is righteous. Like them he is described as the Son of God. But this is a son with whom God is well pleased. Jesus is the righteous son of God.

Having been through the water Jesus is led by God into the desert where the devil will tempt him. This time of testing is very reminiscent of Israel's time of testing in the desert. Israel failed the test and was found unfaithful. Jesus is true…

Amazing Grace and Antibiotics

Amazed again and again by God's grace that takes me from being separated from God to set apart for him through the death of Jesus in my place. This week has been an amazing one where I've felt very affected by the work I've been doing in setting God's Word before people.

At the same time I've been tackling an ear infection with the help of some disgusting antibiotics. But in all things give glory to God - it's only an infection, God created scientists who could make antibiotics, God created doctors to diagnose me, God created pharmacists to sort out this horrible pills, God is at work in me sustaining and changing me day by day. (see also John Piper - How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God)

Spoke again at Surrey CU last night. Second talk in the series in 2 Timothy. This time on authentic discipleship, what it truly means to follow Jesus: The Authentic Disciple - 2 Timothy 2

This week on the train from Basingstoke to Guildford I've been reading The G…

“You’re Dave Bish”

Just been listening to some old tapes from when I did the amazing Relay programme back at the turn of the century! When the Matrix was new and Fight Club had already become the best film ever. Anyways, it reminded me of my first minutes at the first Relay conference when I walked down a corridor of the Severn Lodge, Quinta and was greeted with the words “You’re Dave Bish”, by a guy with the name Pod scrawled on his badge. My reply “Erm, Yeah,… and you are?”

The more I write online the more I reveal of myself. The more I preach the more people presume to know who I am but don’t actually know me at all. Last week I was preaching Titus to some Cell Leaders, explaining the way Titus was to minister with sound doctrine and sound lifestyle to model gospel living. I wondered how much people really see my life. How much do I invest everything in the work I’m doing? Am I a mere professional some of the time? Do people see my faults and my gifts? Do they see my failings and my successes, and h…